Subject: Creating and customizing keyboard shortcuts

You can assign macros to special keys and certain combinations of keys to create a keyboard shortcut. A macro consists of one or more commands that are displayed on the status bar as follows:

   A single command, such as QSAVE.

   A command with options, such as ARC;\A;\\.

   More than one command, such as ^C^C^CZOOM;E;QSAVE;QPRINT.

Keyboard shortcuts are more powerful than aliases. An alias lets you abbreviate a sin­gle command name; a keyboard shortcut contains one or more macros. To activate a macro, you press the shortcut key; you do not need to press Enter as you do with an alias. A shortcut consists of the following keys:

   The function and the cursor control keys, as well as alphanumeric keys pressed in combination with the Ctrl, Alt, and Shift keys. The Shift key must be used in con­junction with the Ctrl, Alt, and/or function keys.

   Alphanumeric keys are those labeled A through Z and 1 though 0.

   The cursor keys are the up, down, left, and right arrows and the Page Up, Page Down, Home, End, Insert, and Delete keys.

   The function keys are those labeled F1 through F12.

To create a keyboard shortcut

   1   Do one of the following to choose Customize UI ():

   On the ribbon, choose Tools > Customize UI (in Manage).

   On the menu, choose Tools > Customize UI.

   Type cui and then press Enter.

   2   Click the Customize tab.

   3   In the Current Customization area, select either a workspace or a customization file (for example, ICAD), then expand Keyboard Shortcuts in the list.  

   4   Right-click a shortcut name located above where you want to add the new key­board shortcut in the list.

   5   Choose Insert Accelerator.

   6   In the Keyboard Shortcut Keys dialog box, press the keyboard combination you want to add, for example, press Alt+A.

   7   Click OK.

   8   In Command Name, enter the name of the command to carry out when the key­board combination is pressed in the user interface.

Command Name may contain a macro (one or more commands and their options), such as:


For details about special characters used in macros, see Using macros in .cui files.

   9   In Description, type a one-sentence description of the item.

   10   To save your changes and close the dialog box, click OK.

You can reset the user interface to be the same as when the program was first installed.
Use the Options command, click the Profiles tab, then click Reset.

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